A middleweight matchup involving Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa will take place at UFC 241, which is set for August 17 at Honda Centre at Anaheim, California. With the main event for this particular card viewing Daniel Cormier attempt to shield the UFC heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic in a rematch, Romero vs. Costa is scheduled for only 3 rounds. Bear in mind, this was supposed to be the primary event of April’s UFC on ESPN 3 card before both men dropped off the card and the headliner finally became Ronaldo”Jacare” Souza from Jack Hermansson. Now, after weeks of trash talking each other in interviews and on social media, we’ll eventually see Romero and Costa throw this summer.
Ariel Helwani of ESPN broke the news.
Romero (13-3) has not fought since a decision loss to UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker last summer at UFC 225. Though Romero has dropped two of his past 3 outings to Whittaker, he combined in a brutal KO win over Luke Rockhold in-between the Whittaker battles that proved that at age 42 he’s still one of the top middleweights in the world. After beginning his MMA career at 4-1, Romero has since gone 9-2 from the UFC alone with wins over the likes of the above Rockhold and Souza, not to mention Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy, Brad Tavares, and Derek Brunson. He comes from an elite wrestling background, and it has grown into one of the most devastating knockout artists the UFC has ever seen, making him a special talent. Romero has looked amazing since joining the Octagon in 2013, and is presently a top-five middleweight in MMA.
Costa (12-0) has completed all 12 of his ace MMA victories and has a perfect 4-0 record at the UFC which includes knockout wins over Uriah Hall, Johnny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose and Garreth McLellan. He has the special knockout capacity to go along with the appearance of a celebrity that makes him a particular talent in this game. Costa has been involved in a few controversies lately involving USADA and the incentives that are athletic, but after all of that has been he’s finally been cleared to fight. He is among the top prospects at the middleweight division, and if he could conquer Romero inside this struggle he could jump into the title mix at 185lbs.
Though Costa has the potential to be an elite middleweight, until he will demonstrates he does that Romero should be favored to win this battle. While he is among the earliest fighters in the UFC middleweight division. Romero remains among the most dominant and proven fighters in the branch. Costa is a tremendous talent but still needs that one important marquee win before we could go and say he could beat a man like Romero. The winner of this fight, no matter who it is, should be in the mix for the title at 185lbs.
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